Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

If you are into Christmas markets, you might read that Zagreb Christmas market was declared as being the most beautiful in Europe. Having Zagreb close to us, we have decided to check this statement ourselves too.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

The central market of ban Jelačić (Zagreb Christmas market)

Being based in Slovenia we needed less than 1,5 hours by car to reach Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, what actually makes it a great day trip any time of the year.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Zagreb’s center has Christmas markets on numerous locations (Zagreb Christmas market)

When you reach Zagreb and start exploring its city center, you will realize Zagreb was important city already years back. Everything looks even more beautiful during its Christmas market.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Advent wreth around the water spring, from which Zagreb got its name (Zagreb Christmas market)

Zagreb Christmas market is spread out in numerous locations, so when you walk from one market to another, you will also have time to do some sightseeing. The best way to explore the Zagreb Christmas markets is by foot.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Stands, where you can not only find culinary treats from Croatia, but also from all around the world (Zagreb Christmas market)

Zagreb Christmas market has traditional look, what we really liked. After all Christmas is all about tradition.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

The city center and its decorated streets (Zagreb Christmas market)

We like the whole area of the Zagreb Christmas market, but still, there were two locations we found  nicer than the others. The main square of Ban Jelačić has a small winter village at one side, what makes you fill like you would find yourself in a snowy village in the middle of Lapland. High trees, covered with snow and decorated with lights are perfect for making some of the best photo moments of your Zagreb Christmas market trip. The white wooden cottages, selling mulled wine and traditional food, makes it a great place to be around.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Our favorite spot is the snowy village on ban Jelačić square (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you like ice-skating, you also have to stop at King Tomislav Park – right opposite the main railway station. The Ice Park is really beautifully done, offering fun for all ages.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Ice park during the day (Zagreb Christmas market)

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Ice park during the night (Zagreb Christmas market)

A nice place to wander and stop for some Christmas goodies is also Zrinjevac, offering lots of stands with food and drinks to warm you during the cold winter days. In the middle of the stands, you will also find Santa’s home.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

We loved the white wooden cottages/stands (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you are keen of Nativity Scenes, make sure to stop near the City’s cathedral, where you can enjoy Live Nativity Scene. Well, even if you are not into it, do visit the amazing Cathedral.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

Zrinjevac is another nice place, full of lights and stands (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you are flexible with your time, the best time to visit Zagreb Christmas market is during the week. If you visit Zagreb somewhere from Monday to Friday, you will be able to avoid crowds. If you come during weekends, there will be more people, but the whole atmosphere will be a little bit more festive because of the crowds. If you are visiting Zagreb by car and want to avoid paying parking, your best choice is Saturday (3pm onwards) and Sunday, as there is free street parking available in the city center.

Zagreb Christmas market, Christmas market Zagreb, Christmas markets in Croatia, best Christmas markets in Europe

The secret is in the small details (Zagreb Christmas market)

Last but not least – is Zagreb Christmas market really the most beautiful in Europe? Well, we have to admit we liked it a lot, but we still cannot say that the Zagreb Christmas market was the most beautiful one we have ever seen. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth your time and visit!

Tips about Zagreb Christmas market in
  • Zagreb Christmas market duration: Open from 1.12.2018 until 6.1.2019.
  • Hotels in Zagreb: To really enjoy the Zagreb Christmas market, we would definitely recommend you to book a night in one of the many hotels in the city central. Check out hotels in Zagreb here.
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